More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Maryland to Elevate their Futures as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $110,000 in cash awards at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference. Participants from across the United States attended this conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.
Nine students from Alderson Broaddus University placed in the top 10 of the nation at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 26, including first place and second place national spots.
Joyce Eid from Beavercreek, Ohio won first place in the Integrated Marketing Campaign and seventh place in Future Business Executive; Caleb Pell from Looneyville, West Virginia won second place in Accounting for Professionals; as a team, Michalea Bolyard from Newburg, West Virginia; Alex Buckheit from Baltimore, Maryland; Wade Conner from Grafton, West Virginia; Tiffany Hinchman from Grafton, West Virginia, and John Nicholson from Brookfield, Ohio won fourth place for Parliamentary Procedure; and Jeremy Linaburg from Stephens City, Virginia won fifth place in Job Interview and Website Design with Abby Smith from Winchester, Virginia.
Jeremy Linaburg, AB University PBL chapter president and West Virginia PBL state vice president, said, “I am beyond proud of our represented accomplishments at this year’s conference. AB students demonstrated applied knowledge, techniques, and strategies learned in the classroom to finish in the top 10 in the nation! This speaks highly of our institution and quality of our students.”
National first place winner and AB marketing and business administration major Joyce Eid explained how she developed an entire digital and print advertising campaign on her own that could benefit a particular company or organization, and expressed her excitement and sense of accomplishment at winning such a top honor on her own.
“I am honored to have individually participated in and won the Integrated Marketing Campaign event, as it was very competitive, consisting mostly of team entries,” Eid said. “It felt satisfying to know that hard work actually does guarantee you success. I want to thank my local PBL chapter for the growth and fellowship this year.”
These awards are part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.